A large number of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) gathered here in Islamabad to press for their demands of regularization and pay structure on Monday met with stiff resistance from Capital police that restored to indiscriminate baton charge resulting in injuries to many.
A large number of lady health workers gathered on the call of All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Association and marched towards the National Assembly but riot police blocked their way.
The protestors holding placards and banners in support of their demands later tried to move towards the Supreme Court building but could not succeed and met violent resistance. A number of injured females were taken to Poly clinic and PIMS for first aid.
President Association Rukhsana on the occasion addressed the participants and said that more than 1,70,000 LHWs had been serving across the country.
She said on June 3, 2010, the ministry of health had assured them of resolution of their all demands under a directive of the Supreme Court but after lapse of more than two years, services of LHWs have not been regularized.
Terming the apathy of government as financial murder of working class, she said that under government policy they deserved to be regularized after completing two years contract service.
She claimed that after passage of 18 years services of none of LHW had been regularized.
Protestors on the occasion told that they wanted to take up their complaints with the Health Minister but police barbarically beat them with rods and batons.
However, after holding negotiations, the authorities allowed protesters to march to D-Chowk in front of Parliament House.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani took notice of the protest of Lady Health Workers.
The Prime Minister, who is in South Korea to attend Nuclear Security Summit, said Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had started the programme of Lady Health Workers and the government would utilize all available resources for their welfare.
The Prime Minister directed Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah and Special Assistance on Social Sector Shahnaz Wazir Ali to take immediate steps for removing the grievances of the Lady Health Workers. The Prime Minister also sought a compliance report of his directives.